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The Big Announcement:  CACGA has Published a Book!!

CACGA has published a book, “Words of Hope and Healing: Encouragement and Empowerment for Survivors of Child Abuse.”  Each chapter has been written by a director of a local Georgia CAC as a parting gift for the children and families who are served at Children’s Advocacy Centers.  Our hope is that the children and families who are served by our CAC’s can read and contemplate these words in their own individual journeys toward health and healing.

Words of Hope and Healing:  Encouragement and Empowerment for Survivors of Child Abuse

About the Book:

Georgia’s 50 children’s advocacy centers provide services and support for children who allege sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, neglect, and child exploitation. At a recent directors’ meeting, the question was asked: How often do you think about the children after they leave your CAC? The answer: All the time!

And so an idea followed: Let’s write a book and why don’t you directors each write a chapter? During the time the children are at your center, they are embraced by your team through a variety of services. But what happens after they leave your center? Do you think that they have questions about their future?

In this book, our directors have written about hope, encouragement, and empowerment. They have imagined through their writings what it would be like sitting with a child and non-offending caregiver on their final day at the CAC when a child asks: What now? What is my life going to be like? What happens to kids like me who’ve had things like this happen to them? How can I be successful? How can I trust? How can I love? Who cares about me? Or any number of the many questions that have been asked by children over the years.

The result is a book of empowering words and ideas that will encourage survivors of childhood abuse and their families after they leave the safety of the children’s advocacy center. It is a parting gift of hope and healing, because we believe in the promise that their future holds. Our goal is that these words be a source of strength for these courageous children long after they leave the CAC.


The authors are twenty-four  directors of Children’s Advocacy Centers in the state of Georgia, each writing one heartfelt chapter. Their personal and professional backgrounds are as varied as the different parts of the state of Georgia. Some have counseling backgrounds, some medical, some investigative, and some in wholly unrelated professions. However, all have one thing in common: they did not choose this profession; the profession chose them. They occupy a vaunted space of service to children and families in need, day after day, and year after year.

All proceeds from book sales benefit the children and families who are served by the Children’s Advocacy Centers in the state of Georgia.

Softcover ISBN 978-1-5245-9938-6 / $19.99

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-5245-9939-3 / $29.99

Ebook ISBN 978-1-5245-9937-9 / $3.99

Abuse / 170 pages / 6”x9” / Xlibris / July 2017

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